Scoliosis and pregnancy

shi_san_yee

New Member
Hi all, I've had scoliosis as a teen and had surgery when i was 13 to insert harrington rods for spinal support. Now that I'm 30 weeks pregnant, I worry about the possibilities of a normal natural childbirth, and if need be, am i able to have epidural or must it be a c-sect with GA?

Anyone with experience?
 

Phoebii Cheng

Well-Known Member
Hi

My sister oso had scoliosis when she was a teen and oso had operation, she had natural birth and now she is a mummy of 3 lovely kids....

So yes I think it is possible for u to hv natural birth and as for epidural mayb u would like to ask ur gynae if it is possible, cos' for my sis she did not hv epidural at all....brave woman!
 

shi_san_yee

New Member
Hi hi! Thanks for the reply. was getting kinda worried n paranoid that i seem like the only mtb with scoliosis surgery. :) OK, that sounds very encouraging, at least no need to be super worried abt natural birth. But no epidural?! brave!! kowtow.
 

Mummy to Baby V

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I have slight scoliosis without need for surgery, serious pain on hip during pregnancy. Using pre-natal support belt helped a lot.

Anyway, ask your gynae to refer you to a good anaesthetist (with extensive experience in administering epidural), then discuss with him/her regarding your condition. Book him in advance so that he'd be there during your delivery. Being prepared is a good way to put your mind at ease.
 

shi_san_yee

New Member
I have slight scoliosis without need for surgery, serious pain on hip during pregnancy. Using pre-natal support belt helped a lot.

Anyway, ask your gynae to refer you to a good anaesthetist (with extensive experience in administering epidural), then discuss with him/her regarding your condition. Book him in advance so that he'd be there during your delivery. Being prepared is a good way to put your mind at ease.
That's where my dilemma is. COz i'd definitely prefer a natural without epidural BUT of course there will also be the unexpected or last minute change to that, so booking an anesthetist will prob cost a bomb lor. Some websites say that ppl with scoliosis corrective surgery cannot go ahead with epidural so that's prob where the main concern is, no idea if it's accurate, even tho i've asked. (my gynae doesn't like answering my questions)

U tried swimming? supposed to improve the curvature. post surgery i still get horrible aches and the lopsided back pain, so i sleep on rolled towels, they help. and i guess loads of glucosamine + condroitin.
 

Mummy to Baby V

Well-Known Member
I think your gynae is not familiar with this area, so can't help. Think it's better to seek an epidural anaesthetist's opinion.

Before and during pregnancy, I practised Pilates daily, very good for spine. :)
 

Flower34

New Member
During my pregnancy, I went to see a chiropractor who specialised in scoliosis. Dr Kevin Lau even wrote a self-help book about scoliosis and pregnancy which gave me the right exercises to do during my pregnancy.
 
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